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J Lesbian Stud. 2003;7(4):125-39. doi: 10.1300/J155v07n04_08.

Community interventions concerning homophobic violence and partner violence against lesbians.

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a Women's Studies Center , Florida International University , USA.


Homophobic violence and same-sex domestic violence against lesbians are described in this paper based on survey research and hotline calls conducted by a community anti-violence project. A community survey of 229 lesbians indicated that during a one-year period, about fifteen percent had been the target of homophobic violence and twelve percent had been the victim of same-sex partner violence. Violence was defined as including assault with a weapon, physical assault, sexual assault, stalking, and property destruction. The prevalence study was contrasted with actual hotline calls from lesbians during a five-year period. Examples illustrate how interventions based on these findings were used to influence police response, victim services, and legislation.


Lesbian; bias crimes; community intervention; domestic violence; hate crimes; homophobic violence; intimate partner violence; same-sex domestic violence


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